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Margaret on a mission!

By Fiona Reid
Margaret on a mission!

CAPTAIN Tom is not the only centenarian doing amazing things . . . a 101-year-old from Dumfries and Galloway is also undertaking a charity challenge.

For Margaret McConchie from Gatehouse of Fleet, who celebrates her 101st birthday today, has set herself a hair raising challenge.

She was born in 1919 so she wants to raise £1919 for NHS Charities Together.

And if she hits her target then she will fly a red flag down Scotland’s longest zip wire at Laggan Outdoor at Gatehouse of Fleet.

Her efforts are already attracting a lot of attention and just half an hour after setting up her JustGiving page, Margaret had already raised £525.

She said: “Over the last six weeks, I’ve watched from the confines of my home, how inspiring, resilient and compassionate the NHS and key workers in the UK are. Day and night, whilst we’ve sheltered inside, they’ve supported our communities and saved lives.

“A year ago, I was lucky enough to be surrounded by all my family and friends, celebrating my 100th birthday. It was a wonderful occasion. And today, I thought to myself, also inspired by the young Captain Tom, could I do something to contribute to our society at this extraordinary time. So I am!

“If I raise £1919 I will fly like a red arrow, down Scotland’s longest zip wire. I’ll do this on a sunny calm day wearing my red lipstick.  It’s just under one kilometre long and I believe you can get up to 60 mph – let’s hope it’s not quite that fast.”

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